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Indian Wells 2011: Tennis' Delightful Oasis
In the same way that baseball aficionados relish spring training, tennis lovers can’t ask for a deeper level of engagement than to stroll through the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and the BNP Paribas Open. Having covered this event since 1983, I have come to relish the way this tournament’s weather and timing shape an experience at once edifying, social and even surprising.
Indian Wells personifies the paradox of the tennis fan’s experience: As much as the tennis of enduring consequence takes place at the end of the tournament, there are far more goodies for spectators in the early rounds.
Indian Wells boasts the biggest tennis stadium this side of Flushing Meadows but the real fun may be on the outside courts.
Pack on the sunscreen, don a hat, dress comfortably and get to the grounds as early as possible. To take in the dry desert air, to wander across practice courts watching the best players in the world, to bump into various tennis fans from all around the world – this is a rich pleasure, far different than merely parking your butt inside a massive stadium (though there’s time enough for that too).
As the matches get underway, there’s the chance to stumble into two lesser-known players going at it on a small court. Later in the day, there’s a strong likelihood one of these venues will also feature a rip-roaring doubles match. Sandwich some of your own tennis before or after this and it’s as good a day as a tennis player could ask for.
What’s great about this early round approach is that it’s much more about craftsmanship than celebrity, more about process than outcome – and the chance to watch the very best players in the world from incredibly close distances. Added to the mix this year is the debut of the Hawk-Eye challenge review on every court.
Click photo: Novak Djokovic shined in Australia but is he ready to compete with Federer and Nadal on a day-to-day basis?
Of course a tournament this size boasts many story lines. On the men’s side, there are perhaps signs that Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal duopoly could be beginning to splinter. Novak Djokovic displayed impressive, power baseline tennis to win the Australian Open, at heart bullying Federer into submission with thundering groundstrokes – tools that make the Serbian perfectly-equipped for the slow hardcourts of Indian Wells.
Working with Paul Annacone, what tactics will Federer deploy? I also suspect the slow hardcourts of Indian Wells – arguably the slowest hardcourts in the world – will not be the place for Federer to unveil too much more netrushing. Then again, it’s a long year, so perhaps Federer will continue to invest in the long-term tactics that will enable him to triumph at the venues he cares about most, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. As for Nadal, to have seen him injured in Australia was disturbing. Once again, the Spaniard comes to that fork in the road between his off-the-charts will and the physical challenges often wrought by his technique. I sense that Indian Wells will not yet be the time for the prime Rafa of 2011.
But even more than those at the very top, it’s those near who have even more invested in performing well at Indian Wells. Can Andy Murray show more positive emotion than he did in the Australian Open final? Will a force like Robin Soderling – my Indian Wells dark horse – snag a big title? Ditto for Tomas Berdych or Fernando Verdasco. Where do things stand with America’s longstanding top dog, Andy Roddick? And what about the other Americans, Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey and John Isner? Each of these players brings a host of tools – and for any one of them, taking this title would be a major step forward.
Wozniacki recently regained the number one spot but Clijsters has all the Slams.
The women’s side is even more wide open. The odds-on favorite is Kim Clijsters. The reigning Australian and US Open champion has timed her year wisely, taking nearly a month off prior to arriving in the desert. It’s fascinating to see how Clijsters’ maturity and the nature of contemporary women’s tennis – mostly a retinue of mobile counterpunchers -- have put her at the head of the class. Fair enough, but during Indian Wells I will certainly lament the retirement of stylish and passionate Justine Henin, as well as the absence of the Williams sisters (now a decade into their Indian Wells boycott for reasons that will never be fully understood). A sigh also for the erosion of former number ones Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic – though I hold hope that each of these powerful baseliners can make a significant resurgence. Equally intriguing is the fate of Caroline Wozniacki, Na Li and ’09 champ Vera Zvonareva. Each of these players has made their share of waves in the last year – and as with the men, taking this title would be a significant step.
As I finish, I note that I’ve not mentioned either of the defending champions. Ivan Ljubicic’s win last year was quite surprising, a well-deserved win for longstanding, hard-working pro – who also hit some of the finest serves and backhands of his career. It’s hard to believe, though, that he can repeat that performance. Jelena Jankovic has indeed been a sustained top tenner for several years, but to me she’s always been an accidental tourist among the very best, her goofy manner concealing a beguiling level of complacency. She too prefers life under the radar.
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One-Handed Topspin Backhand Return of Serve
If you watched Roger Federer at this year's Australian open, you might have noticed how he has stopped slicing the return of serve on the backhand side and is coming over the top of it in order to take control of the point earlier. The one-handed topspin return is an aggressive stroke; in part one of this in-depth lesson, Christophe Delavaut points out the differences between Roger's Backhand return of serve and his backhand groundstroke.
Eliminating Mishits on the Overhead
The overhead is the punctuation mark to a well played point. You have your opponent on the run, she throws up a weak lob, you get into position and promptly mishit the ball. Nothing is more frustrating than watching that ball sail long or dip into the bottom of the net. Even more important, missed opportunities have a way of nagging at you and can turn an entire match around. If this sounds a bit too familiar, Monty Basnyat may have a way to help you out of this rut.
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges for a player is the mastering of the continental grip. This is partly because they tend to learn baseline shots first then use the grips required for those shots exclusively in the beginning. It is not unusual for a player to have hit thousands of groundstrokes before they try to use the continental grip for their serves and volleys. The continental grip, however is an integral part of so many strokes that failing to master it can have a limiting effect on your game. – Jorge Capestany and Luke Jensen
ProStrokes 2.0 – Richard Gasquet's Net Game
This flashy tour veteran is still looking for a breakthrough year – elegant one handed backhand, plays from all parts of the court, including the net – but perhaps his window is beginning to close. He plays a classic version of the modern game, especially on the backhand wing. He numbers among a crop of extremely good Frenchmen, but lately Monfils, LLodra, and Tsonga have been more to the center of the stage. New this issue, some fabulous sequences of Gasquet's net game.
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